Historic Sheet Music Collection


A Boat Song

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Verse by Mary L. Ritter
Music by Mary Turner Salter

Copyright 1920 by the John Church Company

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The sun set light is on the sail,
The water all a glow.
And on the billow up and down
The boat rocks to and fro.
Birds float upward to the sky,
Oh, how I long for wings to fly.
The boat has wings, the bird has wings,
But none remain for me,
Save wings of kind and loving though,
And wings of memory.
On these I come, and still repeat,
On these I come, and still repeat.
I love, I love you,
I love you, sweet.



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